Guest post, contributed by John S.D. from Cash For Cars Removal Perth.
Driving in a fun run is pretty straightforward and they are events in which families, including the children, can share in the fun. It’s an ideal opportunity to cruise along and just enjoy your car. A good fun run will take you away from normal driving and allow you to feel the freedom and pleasure of driving which you don’t feel during the daily commute.
However, there are a few points to remember. Don’t be lured by the wife and kids into spending too long over lunch. You should still be watching the clock otherwise you may find yourself having to drive a little anti-socially in order to make up the time.
Sometimes fun runs will take you onto test tracks and racing circuits. There activities have always been very successful and incident free because everybody enters into the spirit of the event. There is no pressure on these occasions..it’s a fun run. Part of the pleasure of these events is to see how sensible and considerate classic car owners are compared to the average motorist.
On a fun run, the key point is to enjoy the day, share the classic car experience and learn from other enthusiasts who are also at the event.
The term “rally” covers a multitude of disciplines including simple treasure hunts, regularity driving, sheer endurance and all-out special stage work. The vital skill to develop for all of them is a sense of pace and an ability to see the road ahead, Few drivers truly have a good sense of space, probably because they have never thought about it. Without it successive corners are taken at widely varying levels of effort until you find one on which you are hopelessly over the limit and go off. A bit of deep thinking about this question of pace will repay you handsomely. Applied properly, even to normal road driving, it will enable you to cover greater distances in greater safety and with the added benefit of reduced fatigue.
Fatigue is a potential trap for beginners taking part in longer rallies, which may run for several days. The early sections of such an event are usually quite easy, so get going and keep rolling at a relaxed and comfortable pace. It’s easy to put too much energy into these parts of a rally with the result that when you get to the harder parts in the middle of, say the last night, you are exhausted. That’s when there is the potential for you and your crew to get confused and make silly mistakes. So save yourself and the car for the important sections.
Special stages on closed roads call for a great deal of experience if you are to be safe and fast. Its just you and your car against the clock and the fastest team wins. The golden rule here is to keep concentrating on the road ahead; if you find that you are thinking what went wrong with the last corner you can be sure that trouble lies ahead. You must keep your mind focused as far down the road as possible.
On some rallies you will encounter difficult conditions; you might be at 6,000 feet in the mountains in the middle of the night and the temperature may be as low as -30. If the car stops, you will be at risk surprisingly quickly so be prepared for that.
Assuming the car keeps going some tips on winter driving may be useful. The big problem can be slowing down when descending mountain passes; the average driver will lock the wheels and crash, cadence braking is usually sufficient. This involves rapid stabs on the brake pedal and it usually works; with experience you can improve this technique but it is still very effective when it is used crudely. Better, by reading the road you can often spot some clear sections of tarmac which can be used for braking and turning. If still in difficulty downhill you can use the very edge of the road, where some grit is often found for braking.
On deep snow, simply locking the wheels will build a wall of snow ahead which will slow you down. If the road is slippery but there is deep snow at the edge you can slow by steering in to it; it will stop your car amazingly quickly but there is a risk if striking some concealed solid object unless you avoid the bumps in the snow.
The object here is to take pole position make a perfect start and drive away from the opposition in splendid isolation. If you have to race against others, however, remember to respect them. It is not a contact sport, so try to make sure that if you do touch another car it is because the other driver has made a mistake!
The classic mistake on circuits is to go too fast too soon. Build up a perfect lap and try to be analytical and consistent. If things are going wildly wrong there is probably something wrong with the car, not you. In racing there is no substitute for experience so don’t expect to win your first event.
Hill climbs and Sprints
These are excellent disciplines for all competition drivers. They require the kind of absolute precision that should be applied to all competition driving. Walk the course and think about your every action. After practice, analyse all of this and go over and over your next run mentally. Get it right and you will turn in a perfect performance.